How Much Money Do You Need to Save Each Day to Become a Millionaire?

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Whether you’re just getting started in your career or have been slogging away at the same desk for a few decades, you’ve probably already imagined what your ideal retirement will look like. Regardless of whether it means spending your days tending to your garden or traveling the world to visit all your bucket list destinations, all retirees are going to need the same thing: money.

In terms of the actual dollar amount you’ll need to save in order to live comfortably post-retirement, that figure varies from person to person and is based on personal lifestyle and what you hope to accomplish in those post-work years. While financial planner Wes Moss says that most people can live happily ever after with $500,000 socked away, other financial analysts believe that $1 million is the golden number.

While saving up a seven-figure sum might seem like an insurmountable task, Smart Couples Finish Rich author David Bach says that, “Becoming rich is nothing more than a matter of committing and sticking to a systematic savings and investment plan,” adding that, "You don't need to have money to make money. You just need to make the right decisions—and act on them.”

As Business Insider reports, it’s never too late to start saving. To illustrate Bach’s point that smart decision-making is the key to building a healthy nest egg, they broke down the amount of money an individual would need to save on a daily basis in order to become a millionaire by age 65.

The good news for Millennials is that it doesn’t take much: Just $2 a day would get a 20-year-old to millionaire status by the time he or she was 65, while a 25-year-old would need to save $3.57 per day—about the cost of that second latte. Of course, the older you are when you begin to save, the more money you’ll need to cobble together: A 40-year-old will need to find $20.55 in savings per day, while a 45-year-old is looking at $38.02 daily. Still, it’s never too late to start saving: if a 55-year-old can manage to put away $156.12 per day—or $4749 per month—he or she should be able to reach that $1 million goal in just 10 years.

Check out the full chart from Business Insider below, then start checking your sofa cushions for change. And if you need some ideas on how to save more, here’s one quick way to “trick” yourself into building up your savings account.

[h/t: Business Insider]

What Is the Shelf Life of Donated Eyes?

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Zoe-Anne Barcellos:

I can only answer for cornea and eye donation.

The FDA does all oversight (no pun intended) of organ disposition.

The main organs—heart, liver, pancreas, lungs, etc.—are transplanted within hours. They are just not viable if they are not being perfused constantly.

The other tissues—like bone, skin, tendons, etc.—do not need to be transplanted immediately. But I am not sure on the regulations of when they need to be transplanted.

With the eyes, there are four tissues that can be recovered.

We recover whole eyes for research and education purposes. These usually go much faster, but we can hold them up to a year.

Conjunctiva can also be recovered; conjunctiva is a clear covering over most of the eye (it is what gets irritated when you have pink eye). I have been working as a recovery tech for five years, and our office has not had a request for "conj" in all that time. I believe it is mostly used for research, but I could be wrong.

Sclera is the white area of your eye. It is fairly thick and flexible. If you have ever touched a reptile egg, that is what it reminds me of. We recover sclera for transplant. They use it for several things, but mainly to patch punctures. Similar to if you pop the inner tube of your bike and repair it. Sclera can also be used to repair ear drums. We can hold on to this for up to a year.

The main thing we recover is corneas. In the U.S., we must transplant these within seven days of recovery. (Recovery is usually within hours of death, but we can push it up to 20 hours after if needed.) Sometimes we have more corneas than we need, and then they are shipped overseas and transplanted up to 14 days after recovery. There is no real different outcome with the later transplant time, but the FDA in the U.S. made the rules. (You can sign up to be an organ, tissue, and eye donor here.)

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Why Are There No Snakes in Ireland?

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Legend tells of St. Patrick using the power of his faith to drive all of Ireland’s snakes into the sea. It’s an impressive image, but there’s no way it could have happened.

There never were any snakes in Ireland, partly for the same reason that there are no snakes in Hawaii, Iceland, New Zealand, Greenland, or Antarctica: the Emerald Isle is, well, an island.

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Once upon a time, Ireland was connected to a larger landmass. But that time was an ice age that kept the land far too chilly for cold-blooded reptiles. As the ice age ended around 10,000 years ago, glaciers melted, pouring even more cold water into the now-impassable expanse between Ireland and its neighbors.

Other animals, like wild boars, lynx, and brown bears, managed to make it across—as did a single reptile: the common lizard. Snakes, however, missed their chance.

The country’s serpent-free reputation has, somewhat perversely, turned snake ownership into a status symbol. There have been numerous reports of large pet snakes escaping or being released. As of yet, no species has managed to take hold in the wild—a small miracle in itself.

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